Cindy Jacobs, senior advisor for Energy Star with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), joined REIT.com for a video interview at NAREIT’s 2013 Leader in the Light Working Forum in La Quinta, Calif.
Jacobs discussed the progress that some REITs have made in regards to sustainability and best practices in energy efficiency.
“I think there has really been a sea change in the way that commercial real estate companies view energy use. When we first started talking to companies about energy management, there really wasn’t a good understanding of what’s entailed in energy management and the fact that energy use and costs are controllable,” she said. “But, as more and more companies began to take stock of their energy use, I think that realization started to dawn.”
She added that REITs were among the first to have a good understanding of energy use and the value of energy management.
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